Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Opening Saturday: Culture Clash @ 1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale

"Speaking in Tongues" by Niki Lopez (Courtesy of the artist)

Culture Clash is a monthlong celebration of aliens, fashion and two- and three-dimensional artworks that are "colorful, cultural, fashion, cosmic, extraordinary, otherworldly."

At the core of Culture Clash, which opens Saturday at 1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, is Niki Lopez, an artist, designer and art teacher who examines the concept of “alien” in her art, noting, “We’re all aliens in some way, not just feeling out of place in this new economy, but being transplanted in new surroundings and having new frames of mind."

Co-curators Asanyah Davidson and Niki Lopez (Courtesy of Lopez)
Co-curating the show with Lopez is Asanyah Davidson, a Jamaica-born fashion designer and creative director of the apparel company Circa24, who will debut her new Grace Jones-inspired evening line. Davidson notes that “Fashion is a vehicle to communicate culture and change a person’s perspective about themselves. Sometimes expressing culture leaves people feeling alien from the collective, but being apart also means standing out.”

The show, which also features work by Tatiana Castaneda, Andrew Ackerman, Greg Dubois, Greg Gibbs, Micheal Anthony Clark, Yudelka Tavera, Kareem Piper, and Detourbutterfly, opens 7-11 p.m. July 21 with a fashion show by Adjanie and Circa 24; music from DJs Onestar and Lerue, Atlanta’s Profound Breadth and Dana DellaCamera of Nakedown, and food from Raw Fusion Catering, Divine Cupcakery and Meatless Lasagna.

Exhibition-related events will continue with a community outreach workshop (2-5 p.m. July 28), a clothing swap and tea party (3-6 p.m .July 29), a Dr. Sketchy session (7-11 p.m. Aug. 4) and the final closing party, which is 7-11 p.m. Aug. 11.
1310 Gallery (Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts) is at 1310 Middle St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 305-975-6262 or visit

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